October 22 Fast Break: How Will Lakers’ Suspensions Impact Monday vs. Spurs?

Jordan Sharp

Monday, October 22, 2018 2:19 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 2:19 PM UTC

Welcome to another big night of NBA regular season action! It’s time for another huge slate of NBA betting and there are still several bits of news and injuries you need to be aware of before placing your bets!

sWhether or not Rajon Rondo spit on Chris Paul, or despite the fact that the Lakers’ “fight” on Saturday night was more like a scuffle between high school girls, there were still suspensions handed down. Rondo is out for three games, while Brandon Ingram will miss four. The loss of those starters has impacted Monday's line against San Antonio.

Lakers’ Saturday Brouhaha

The terms “fight” or “brawl” are probably an overreaction to the incident between the Lakers and Rockets on Saturday. The NBA hasn’t had many true “fights” since the Malice at the Palace, but we came close with the locker room incident between the Rockets and Clippers last season.

That being said, the best term I have for Saturday is a “brouhaha,” which means a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something. The NBA is full of drama queens, (basketball in general is littered with them) but that is neither here nor there.

The real question for Monday is how the little scuffle and subsequent suspensions will impact tonight’s game vs. San Antonio. Without Ingram and Rondo, the Lakers have lost two of their better defenders outside of LeBron James and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Depending on what the total for this one is (opened at 222) and depending on the Spurs’ road offense, we could see a pretty high-scoring game. Both teams have cashed the 'over' in each of their first two games this season, and the Lakers’ defense has looked pretty awful in those two games already. Without Ingram and Rondo, it might look worse Monday.

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Chicago Bulls injury report for tomorrow nights' game:

Lauri Markkanen (right elbow sprain) and Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain) are both out.

Kris Dunn isn't on the injury report, so he will make his season debut against the Mavs.

— Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) October 21, 2018
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Kris Dunn Expected To Return For Bulls Monday

After missing the Bulls’ first two games due to the birth of his child, it looks as if Kris Dunn has a chance to make his return for Chicago in Dallas on Monday. Outside of the draft pick that brought them Lauri Markkanen, Dunn has arguably been the second-biggest return in the Jimmy Butler trade. Sure, Zach LaVine is good, but he is also overpaid.

Dunn might end up eventually being a better NBA player than LaVine, though. The tough and gritty point guard had flashes of brilliance last season with the Bulls, and he could bring some serious energy on both ends of the court if he is back. Depending on the total, the 'over' could be in play for an NBA pick with a valuable piece returning for the Bulls. Last season the Bulls were above .500 in games where Dunn scored 17 or more points.

Indiana and Minnesota Total Movement

I wrote up a play on the 'over' for the Wolves and Pacers as soon as the line came out on Sunday at 221. Since then it has traveled northward to 226 points and I’m kind of sad I didn’t put more units on the play on Sunday.

These two teams could easily end the season with a pair of top 10 offenses, and no matter what happens with Jimmy Butler he will try to keep his trade value up by playing well on offense. That being said, the Wolves are completely dysfunctional right now because of Butler, and that could have an impact on the entire team, especially on defense.

If Butler isn’t playing hard on that end of the court, the rest of the young Wolves will likely not play that well on defense either. Considering how deep the Pacers are and how well their bench has played so far this season, look for this one to be a very high-scoring affair.

Monday NBA Betting Trends
  • Home underdogs are 8-3 ATS so far this season
  • The Celtics are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Magic
  • The Grizzlies are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against the Jazz
  • The Wizards are 3-1 ATS and SU in their last 4 games against the Blazers
  • The OVER is 5-2 in the last 7 games between the Lakers and Spurs
  • The Warriors are 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS in their last 8 games against the Suns
  • The OVER is 6-2 in the last 8 games between the Warriors and Suns
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